Microsoft Follows Apple’s Lead, Posts Record Revenue

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Apple wasn’t the only one bringing in record amounts of cash last quarter. Microsoft today reported revenue of $17.37 billion for their quarter ending September 30. While this should be good news, the stock value dropped on the report, but mostly rebounded by the end of the day.

Microsoft posts record revenue, but not as much as Apple

Microsoft’s revenues were up 7 percent if you compare the numbers to the same time period last year. And the reported revenues set a record for their fiscal year first-quarter. The diluted earnings per share came to $0.68, which increased 10 percent over the prior year period.

By comparison, for Apple’s quarter ending September 24, they also reported record quarterly revenues. Their revenues of $28.27 billion were up 39 percent from the previous year, with a net income of $6.62 billion. The diluted earnings per share were $7.05 up from $4.64 the previous year, a 52 percent jump.

The Windows and Windows Live Division of Microsoft, the division perhaps most directly in competition with Apple, reported revenues of $4.87 billion. That’s up 2 percent from the previous year, which is in line with general PC market performance. By comparison, Mac sales rose 26 percent for the same time period.

Bringing up the average, the Business Division reported revenues of $5.62 billion, up 8 percent from last year, and the Server & Tools segment reported revenues of $4.25 billion, up 10 percent from the previous year. For the Server & Tools segment, that was the sixth straight quarter of double-digit growth.

Given the condition of the current economy, record revenue-producing quarters are something to be noted.

Comments

Lee Dronick

Also as with Apple Inc, a business reporter on CBS said that Wall Street was disappointed with MicroSoft’s earnings. Perhaps if Wall Street wasn’t pre “occupied” with something they could have better forecast the quarter.

Dorje Sylas

Wall Street is “disappoint” with many things. Its slowly crumbling scam not the least.

I hate to say it but of the Windows 8 based tablet can catch the iPad in therms of usablity and APS, MS will “win”... again… because they have the Server support services to deal with masses of devices. Apple needs to get its head of its rear on this and take the Business end more seriously.

We need a localized iCloud inbetween that runs directly on OSX Server, remote support/management, and seriously a better way to move files between iOS devices on a local (or non-existant) network. Piping everyihg through GoodReader is not efficient (especially when Apple Apps don’t support “Open In…” as an export method, looking at you i-don’t-just-Works).

Lee Dronick

We need a localized iCloud inbetween that runs directly on OSX Server, remote support/management, and seriously a better way to move files between iOS devices on a local (or non-existant) network.

And backups to hard drives connected to an Airport

mhikl

Julie, I like your style. I?d probably find a recipe for intestinal constriction interesting if you wrote it.

So why is the market so down on Apple and even MicroSoft? Sometimes negative is more interesting than positive, I guess. What?s that song about a brother and a dime shortage?

and Dorje Sylas, explain to me how vapourware competes with actual ware. And did you write that in ichthyologish and run it through a translator?

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